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Spain manager Julen Lopetegui announced as Real coach

Julen Lopetegui Julen Lopetegui
Sidney Guerrero | 12 June, 2018, 19:06

Real Madrid have announced that Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup.

Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 51-year-old took charge of Spain after Euro 2016 - and signed a new extension until 2020 just last month - but the appointment means the impending World Cup in Russian Federation will be his only major tournament in charge of the national team.

Lopetegui took over Spain in July 2016 after Vicente del Bosque retired from the role.

He will have a tough act to follow, after Zinedine Zidane won an unprecedented three Champions League titles in a row, as well as a La Liga title, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA World Club Cups during his two years in charge.

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Lopetegui, 51, was hired by Spain following their underwhelming Euro 2016 campaign and the former Porto boss has helped re-establish La Roja as genuine contenders this summer in Russian Federation.

Lopetegui is now preparing to lead Spain at the World Cup but the 51-year-old will depart his role as national team coach at the end of the tournament.

He has previously coached Spain's youth sides and had two years in charge of Porto.

Real Madrid were keen on appointing Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, but were put off by the hefty fee they would have had to pay for the Argentine after he recently signed a five year contract. Spain will face Iran and Morocco in Group B after the challenge of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in their opener on Friday.

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